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Reform of the Community Infrastructure Levy

By Katherine Evans In March we reported on the government’s consultation on the reform of the current system of developer contributions. The government’s response to the consultation, released at the end of October, confirms that change is on the horizon. The key themes of the consultation were centred around a desire to make the system simpler and more […]

Court of Appeal rules on ATM rates

By Şenay Nihat Since 2013, retailers have had to pay non-domestic rates (‘Business Rates’) for automated teller machines (ATMs) built into the front of stores, rather than treating the ATMs as part of the store’s overall rating for valuation purposes. The Business Rates bill for the ATM was backdated to 2010, hitting retailers with significant […]

Proposed ban on flammable cladding – An update

By Adrian Mansbridge Following Dame Hackitt’s Review of the Building Regulations and Fire Safety the government announced that it would consult on banning flammable cladding. The consultation closed on 14 August 2018 and the housing secretary announced at the Conservative Party Conference that the ban would be brought forward.

Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport improves contracting process for healthcare

By Frank John Vrolijk, Aurélie Mingels On 9 November 2018, the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) informed the House of Representatives about the developments regarding the contracting process for care provision. The minister expresses his displeasure at the growth in the supply of non-contracted care in GGZ care and district nursing where this is […]

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Shearmans recruits from afar

ALMOST half of this year’s partnership appointments by US firm Shearman & Sterling were lawyers practising in the firm’s offices outside the US. Last week, the firm announced 15 new partners, six of whom were based in European offices. In London, UK lawyer Rupert Walker, hired in 1996, was made a partner. Meanwhile, in Paris […]

Practices need IT

Bibi Berki examines a new solution to help high street firms get to grips with IT. Bibi Berki is a freelance journalist. Whichever way you look at it, the Law Society’s recent IT record is not one to be proud of. Its own much-heralded system Regis was labelled a “complete disaster” as much by those […]

Allied Lawyers Response Team launches campaign to expose 'scandal of Y2K bugs

A personal injury lawyers’ network is mounting a campaign to tackle what it describes as the “scandal of the Year 2000 computer bug”. The Allied Lawyers Response Team (Alert) launched its Y2K-LAW campaign last week. The 21-firm network has adapted its technique of grouping together and sharing the cost of legal claims in personal injury […]

A goal in the Net

New broadcasting media is leading to a wealth of opportunity, writes Mark Drimie. Mark Drimie is a solicitor at Denton Hall Media & Technology Group. The next 12 months will be an important turning point for digital media in the UK. The appearance of digital TV and the potential for new pay-per-view and on-demand services […]

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